The Denver Broncos booked their place in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday afternoon, but they had to survive a late rally from the New England Patriots to claim the AFC title.
The Patriots, through a Rob Gronkowski touchdown, narrowed the gap to 18-20 with 12-seconds left on the clock. However, having missed a point-after attempt after their first TD of the day, the defending champions were forced to go for the two-point conversion to tie the game. An attempt that ended in failure.
It was Stephen Gostkowski's missed kick in the first quarter that ultimately left New England chasing the two-point play and, speaking after their defeat, the veteran felt responsibility for the result:
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"I feel like I lost the game for the team," he told reporters, via NFL.com.
"I should have been out there kicking that tying extra point and helping us going into overtime. It's a sickening feeling (that) I can't put into words. There's nothing I can do about it now."
That the Patriots, in part at least, have a missed PAT to blame for ending their tilt at the Lombardi Trophy is something you'd never expect considering Gostkowski's career to date.
The 31-year-old has been Mr. Consistent since entering the league back in 2006 and his miss against Denver was the first time he's failed to convert a point-after attempt since his rookie season. That's 523 successful attempts in a row before yesterday, for anyone who is counting.
Even with the NFL having moved back the extra point by 13 yards for the 2015 season - something that gave several other kickers across the league a headache - Gostkowski was good for 52-of-52.
Unfortunately, for the player (and his team) he wasn't able to make it 53.
Somewhat ironically, it was actually the Patriots who had suggested the new rule back in Spring of 2015.
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